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The Age of Mahogany at Reindeer Antiques

Of all the woods commonly used in the construction of antique furniture mahogany is probably considered the most 'English'. However depending on the grain and patination different pieces of mahogany can look very different from one another.

Early Eighteenth Century cabinet-makers preferred the durability and straight grained nature of San Domingo mahogany as seen in the chest of drawers illustrated. As the century progressed designers began to explore the use of highly figured Cuban mahogany using cuts such as fiddle back, blister and flame mahogany which has been used on the secretaire bookcase shown below.

In our latest blog we discuss all the woods commonly found in antique English Furniture.

A George I Red Walnut Chest

A George I Red Walnut Chest


Height: 28.5" (72.5cm)

Depth: 18" (45.75cm)

Width: 30.5" (77.5cm)

A fine George I red walnut chest of drawers of small proportions; having a brushing slide and 4 ovolo moulded graduated drawers which retain their original penny ring handles. 

For advice on what to look for when purchasing an antique chest of drawers please see our buyer's guide.

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A Sheraton Mahogany Secretaire Bookcase

A Sheraton Mahogany Secretaire Bookcase


Height: 90" (228.5cm)

Depth: 21.5" (54.5cm)

Width: 47.5" (120.75cm)

A Sheraton period mahogany secretaire bookcase; the cross grain veneered cornice beautifully inlaid with boxwood to simulate a dentil moulding above a pair of glazed doors with gothicised astragals. The secretaire drawer opens to reveal a fully fitted interior veneered in satinwood above a pair of cupboard doors and raised on bracket feet. Veneered through out in carefully selected Cuban flame mahogany.

For more information on the famous English furniture designer Thomas Sheraton please read this article on our blog.

Ref: 2147

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